Minchinhampton Folk Club
Since our founding in July 2003 by local folkie John Mills, Minchinhampton Folk Club has given enormous pleasure to thousands of singers, players, listeners and joiners-in from the four corners of the British Isles as well as further afield. We call ourselves a folk club because people understand how folk clubs work, but we are by no means just about folk music. Each Thursday night from about 8.15, the rafters ring to the sound of modern and traditional folk, blues, country, jazz, classical, bluegrass – in fact, all kinds of music.
At MFC we believe in encouraging new performers and fresh talent – just turn up, introduce yourself and play. We don’t expect you to be accomplished, just to do your best and enter into the spirit of the evening.
We meet in the Maypole Room at the Old Crown, Paganhill, Stroud (see news and info pages). The music starts at 8.15 and finishes around 11, depending on numbers. Requested donation £2 on entry, and please give more if we have a guest artist ‘doing it for the door’.
Folk Club at the Little Vic Sunday 1-3pm

Well known area singer and musician, Chris has been a longtime organizer of the Cheltenham Folk Club., held Sundays in the Sandford Ale House in Cheltenham.
Song Session at the Little Vic Saturday 1-2:45pm

Song Session BARNEY’S LIVE MUSIC Enquiries:Karina Gabner: Karina.gabner@btinternet,com &/or Jo Lloyd-Cox: Facebook@Barny’sLiveMusic

At Barny’s we have monthly Live Music at The Little Vic, The Queen Victoria Pub, Stroud, GL5 1QG with guests, floor spots and occasional concert nights. We are lucky to have some superb musicians. We include a mix of old friends, new performers & theoccasional surprise to entertain our discerning audience.We welcome all music, the emphasis being on good quality playing & singing. Those who perform are welcome to bring PA, but we are mainly acoustic. We ask a minimum donation of £4 to attend our regular events. There is no charge for attending this special Stroud Folk Weekend event, though. Supported by our excellent patron, Johnny Coppin, and a loyal following, Barny’s has gone from strength to strength. Long may it continue! So music lovers, come and join us! All are welcome at Barny’s.

Sunday at the Little Vic 3-5 pm Free Admission.

The Gloucester Diamonds 07531019254
A Diamond  performance features comedy, traditional folk, music hall, contemporary folk; and even the odd blues number.
The Gloucester Diamonds are: Rod Penlington, Deb Hannis and Paul Carter
Song Session at the Little Vic Saturday 3-4:45pm.
Concert at the Subscription Rooms Saturday night and at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 1:30-2 pm
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 1:30-2pm


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2019 Concerts Saturday Day

STEVE TURNER – Saturday @The George Room, Subscription Rooms, 2-3 pm Free Admission

traditional and contemporary singer, concertina accompaniment, cittern, mandolin, banjo.

2019 Concerts Saturday Night

Sub Rooms, Ball Room 8pm

Ceilidh/Concert details here

2019 Concerts Sunday Day

Sunday Sub Rooms, Mr Twitchets 2pm

MOLLY-ANNE2 pm Free Admission:

Sunday Imperial Hotel 12-4pm



JAN VAISEY & IAN HARVEY 2:30-3:15 pm



SESSIONS music (the PDF version- sessions2019)


Dursley Music Session, set up by Anne & John Roberts, takes place on alternate Tuesday nights, 8.00pm onwards at Ye Olde Dursley Hotel , Long Dursley. The session regularly attracts about 10-15 musicians offering a good mix of traditional, more modern folk tunes, and a few songs thrown in. Musicians and listeners always welcome.  For further details contact Anne & John on 01453 548860, or message.
Friday evening at the Ale House 8pm

The Five Valleys Session regularly meet at Stroud Brewery, Thrupp GL5 2BU on the 1st Thursday and at The Ram, South Woodchester GL5 5EQ on the 3rd Thursday of each month. The music is mainly a mix of Celtic and English tunes, with a peppering of French, Scandinavian and maybe Americana and a bit of blues. Alternatively, on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Stroud Brewery there is often an offshoot of this group playing mainly Balkan & Klezmer tunes. This weekend they are hosting:
Music Session at the Ale House Saturday 1-3pm.

Brad McEwen & Doug Watt          

DOUG WATT Bellows squeezer, song murderer, word mangler and the only player of funk melodeon in captivity. Back despite local demand.

BRAD McEWEN Stroud’s part time resident Canadian who sometimes sings and plays cittern.  He will try to make it look like all the mistakes are Doug’s only.

Together they will play English tunes and sing songs of varying degrees of tastefulness..

Music Session at the Ale House Sunday 1-3 pm



The Westcountry duo’s fiddle and guitar playing has been described by Acoustic magazine as, “Stunning”, while Bright Young Folk praised their music for, “Providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.”  The Ale House Saturday 8:30 pm. Free Admission.
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Twitter: @mitchellandvin plus @mitchellandvinc


Steve Turner, (UK) traditional and contemporary singer, concertina accompaniment, cittern, mandolin, banjo.

Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.Steve began his career on the Manchester, UK folk scene at the end of the ‘60s, with the Geordie band “Canny Fettle”, touring with them for eight years and making two albums with them.

In 1979 he won the UK Melody Maker’s national “Stars of the 80s” competition, which persuaded him to turn professional, and for the next 12 years he toured solo, nationally and internationally, releasing four albums with Fellside Records during this period (Out Stack, Jigging One Now, Eclogue and Braiding).

After 13 years away from the folk scene he made a welcome return in 2004 performing in folk clubs and festivals, and in 2008 producing his 5th album, the highly acclaimed “Whirligig of Time” which featured UK luminaries Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr and Miranda Sykes.

Since then he has released further albums, “Rim of the Wheel” and “Spirit of the Game”, and his latest much anticipated 8th album “Late Cut”, featuring Eliza Carthy, Martin Simpson and Sam Carter, was released in January 2019.

He has also been interviewed in leading articles in the UK folk magazines fRoots and Living Tradition.

In the F/Roots August/September 2014 edition Nancy Kerr in her “Rocket Launcher” interview when asked “what was the best gig you ever saw?” answered “… Steve Turner Saturday @The George Room, Subscription Rooms, 2-3 pm Free Admission

FINNEGAN’S WOK Richard Cox 07890 985381
Finnegans Wok is a five piece Ceilidh band playing a mixture of music from Great Britain & Ireland to which we add the occasional American set. The instrumentation comprises fiddle, melodeon, whistles, guitar, tenor banjo & percussion, occasionally adding flute & various members of the mandolin family.Over the years the band has performed at Ceilidhs & barn dances for wedding receptions, anniversaries, fund-raising events & parties of all sorts; anywhere, in fact where a good time is wanted. If the beer is good we’ll be there.

Ceilidh at the Subs Saturday night.


Jeff Gillett is an experienced folk guitarist and singer. As well as performing solo, he worked for many years as an accompanist for nationally renowned folk singer Ron Taylor. Elaine has been a enthusiast of traditional folk song for many years and performs regularly in local folk clubs.Together their voices combine to create beautiful harmonies and sensitive interpretations of traditional and modern folk songs, enhanced by Jeff’s supremely tasteful, restrained yet inventive accompaniments. Their repertoire includes traditional music, new interpretations of familiar songs and William Blake’s poems sung to Jeff’s original tunes. Concert at the Subscription Rooms Saturday night.



Ask Blondes With Beards to describe what they do and the first thing they’ll tell you is “We’re not a drag act.” They are, in fact, a four piece harmony group singing a mix of accompanied and a capella material. The band formed in 2011 and have become something of a pearl in the local folk scene. Their differing musical backgrounds are reflected in a varied repertoire encompassing folk, light country and blues with acoustic arrangements of some classic pop numbers, a bit of humour and some self-penned material. They work all over the South West and have provided support for class acts such Barbara Dickson, Katherine Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Si Baron, Saskia as well as local legends The Black Feathers.

Blondes with Beards are Richard Cox – Lead vocals & guitar
Janice Anderson – Lead vocals Jo Lloyd-Cox- Percussion & support vocals
Jeff Gillett – Guitar, Mandolin, Concertina & support vocals
Concert Saturday night at the Subscription Rooms


Molly-Anne is a young and upcoming ‘Conscious Country’ musician, multi-instrumentalist and award-winning songwriter from local Gloucestershire, UK, bringing With a soulful, Country inspired-sound fused with elements of indie and folk, Molly accompanies herself on the harmonica, acoustic guitar and banjo. With over a decade of performance and writing experience under her belt, Molly draws her inspiration from artists such as Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss, Xavier Rudd, Cara Dillon, Passenger, Laura Marling and Mumford& Sons.

Writing poetic, upbeat songs and enjoying a joyfully sweet but unabashed live presence,

Molly-Anne shines a new perspective on Country music, bringing the genre new ideas aboutconsciousness, spirituality, humanity and peace. A passionate vegan and environmentalist, Molly hopes to spread love, unity and connection through her songwriting and enjoys a joyful live presence.

Supported live by the energetic ‘band of Andy’s’ (Andy Guy on Double Bass & BVs, Andy Chinner on Cahon) plus the occasional appearance from folk fiddler Jules Miller, the band are storming through the British country and folk scene. Rave reviews have them firmly as a popular live favourite around the UK, get your dancing shoes on, this is not one to miss!
Subscription Rooms; Mr. Twitchets Sunday 2 pm Free Admission:


Debra Hannis is a well established traditional accepella folk singer from Gloucestershire her material comprises of sea shanties ballads and chorus songs . Debra has been entertaining audiences throughout the UK including sidmouth folk festival in 2018. Debra’s style and charm is ideal for weddings and special events contact : or Facebook at the Subs Saturday night.


Ragged & Old Inclognito are the step clog section of Ragged & Old Morris.  Founded in 1995, we have danced at numerous pubs and events in the local area and further afield.We perform dances from various step clog traditions including from Scotland, Lancashire and  Westmorland.  at the Subs Saturday night.

The Gloucester Diamonds 07531019254
  A Diamond  performance features comedy, traditional folk, music hall, contemporary folk; and even the odd blues number.
The Gloucester Diamonds are: Rod Penlington, Deb Hannis and Paul Carter
Song Session at the Little Vic Saturday 3-4:45pm.
Concert at the Subscription Rooms Saturday night
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 1:30-2pm

PAUL & CLARE (Appalachian flatfoot)

Paul and Clare Sheridan have been known in the Old Time Dance world performing with Roughshod Appalachian dance team for 17 years and teaching for 30 years, both clogging steps and flatfooting. Clare and Paul have performed with headline acts at Gainsborough Festival, Friends of American Music and Dance, over the past few years at the Subs Saturday night.


  Ken Langsbury grew up surrounded by the songs and stories of the ordinary (and sometimes extraordinary!) people of Gloucestershire. Though rejected by the school choir, his love of singing led him to entertain his comrades during national service in Malaya and to join the renowned Cheltenham-based group, The Songwainers. As well as singing, Ken enjoys telling stories, many of which are so familiar to his fans that they will join in with key phrases. Kens says: “I’m eighty I only do gigs I know I’m going to enjoy and I did enjoy it very much last year”. Concert Sunday at the Imperial2-2:30 pm


  Jan and Ian perform a variety of contemporary and traditional songs and tunes with vocals, guitar and mandolin.  They have performed at many local and national venues, festivals and folk clubs. Their influences range from James Taylor and Dougie MacLean to Scandinavian Folk tunes.2:30-3:15 pm at the Imperial Hotel.


Combining the distinctive sound of duet concertina and guitar with great singing, Alison and David will enchant you with their quality arrangements and, of course, lots of choruses. They recently appeared at Broadstairs, Whitby and Towersey festivals. Alison was a founder member of Bread and Roses. David is an award winning song writer. Sunday at the Imperial Hotel 3:15-4 pm


 Celtic Conspiracy are a band based in Gloucestershire specialising in traditional celtic tunes fused with other musical genres such as jazz and reggae. The line- up includes flute, alto sax, accordion, bouzouki, guitar and bass The Imperial Hotel Sunday 4-4:45 pm
Contact: James Milroy ; 01453 883565